Second-Ranked Men's Hockey Conquers Vikings Behind Dunn, Yim and Co., 7-0

Bryan Yim scored a hat trick in Adrian's 7-0 thrashing of visiting Lawrence Friday. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Bryan Yim scored a hat trick in Adrian's 7-0 thrashing of visiting Lawrence Friday. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team used a balanced offense that saw 15 different student-athletes land on the scoresheet as the Bulldogs shut out visiting Lawrence, 7-0, in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both squads on Friday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 7, Lawrence University 0

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 3-0 (1-0 NCHA), Lawrence Vikings 0-1 (0-1 NCHA)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#2 United States College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) (281 points, 4 first-place votes) and #2 D3hockey (277, 2) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Bryan Yim netted his third career hat trick for his first goals of the young season.

= Senior Connor Armour also notched three points with a goal and two assists, while going 6-for-9 on face-offs.

= Junior defenseman Joey Colatarci collected two assists. 

= Classmate Dino Balsamo was 9-for-12 on face-offs, followed by freshmen William Brochu at 6-for-6 and Michael Montambault at 8-for-17 in the dot.

THE OPPOSITION
= Taylor Urch was 7-for-13 on face-offs.

= Josh Koepplinger led Lawrence with five shots and went 4-1 in the face-off circle.

= Back-up goalie Greg Procopio played the final 32 minutes and 12 seconds, stopping 20 of 22 shots he faced.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian was 2-for-6 on the power play and killed off all four LU man-advantage attempts.

= The Bulldogs jumped on the Vikings in the first period by scoring three goals on a 19-2 shots-on-goal margin. They finished 49 to 21 for the contest.

= With Adrian on the power play, Yim got the scoring under way at the 3:02 mark to begin the game and the home team never looked back.

= Freshman Trevor Coykendall made it 2-0 at 16:20 with his first collegiate goal and senior Brian Bachnak scored 57 seconds later for a three-goal lead.

= Adrian also found the back of the net three times in the second frame on goals from Armour and Yim during a 43-second span and junior Matt McNair with 1:38 remaining.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Senior goalie Kevin Entmaa picked up his fifth career shutout after turning aside all 21 shots he faced, tying James Hamby (2011-14) for the third-most in AC history.

= Senior Cory Dunn notched his 100th career point on a primary assist of Yim's second goal of the evening, becoming the 15th Bulldog overall and third defenseman in team history to reach the feat.

= Adrian now leads Lawrence 22-0-3 in the all-time series after the largest shutout victory over the Vikings.

= The Bulldogs move to 10-2 lifetime in home openers. Tonight was the first shutout win since Nov. 15, 2013,  when Concordia-Wisconsin also lost by seven.

= The start of the game was delayed 22 minutes due to glass shattering behind the goal on a practice shot where the Zamboni enters. After the terrific AIA maintenance staff made the quick repair, warm-ups resumed and the game had an opening puckdrop at 7:27 p.m.

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues its NCHA home-opening weekend at 3:05 p.m. Saturday when Marian-Wisconsin invades Arrington. The Sabres are the first team in the "receiving votes" category and on the fringe of entering the top-15 of both national polls. For tickets, click on the link

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